Zion National Park is host to dozens of lookout points along trails and up canyons. For the best view, however, consider hiking to Observation Point – arguably the best view the park has to offer.
The trail that climbs to Observation Point starts at the Weeping Rock parking lot. It is an 8 mile, 5 hour hike, round trip – so, come prepared with water, snacks, and proper hiking shoes and clothes. The trail travels along switchbacks up the red sandstone face, then goes on through Echo Canyon, which is full of large hollowed out gouges created by water. As you approach the top of the trek, you’ll see Temple Cap – a white layer of stone that will signal you have almost arrived. Once you’ve reached the top, you will be awarded with breathtaking views of the entire canyon including the West Rim Trail, Angels Landing, and the Three Patriarchs. Clear blue skies will make the view even more breathtaking – the contrast of stone and sky cannot be rivaled.
The trail is for advanced hikers as the climb is steep and arduous. Bring sunblock! Most of the trail is full exposed to the sun. From April-October, park at Zion’s Visitor’s Center and take the shuttle service to Weeping Rock. If visiting during the off months of November-March, drive up to the Weeping Rock parking lot yourself as the shuttle service is not offered.
For a full description of the hike including maps, details about weather conditions, directions, and stops along the way, visit the Zion’s Observation Point webpage.